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Pursue an online Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies at Regent University

Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies

An Advanced Degree for Mental Health Counseling, Research, Scholarship & Psychological Science

Are you a scholar seeking to impact culture outside the formal professional arm of psychology or counseling? Or, perhaps you’re seeking a mental health Ph.D. program to help you advance in international work and don’t need North American professional accreditation. Regent’s challenging Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies degree program includes a common core in research, statistics, psychometrics, and Christian leadership. You’ll also choose elective courses that will prepare you for work in your specific area of interest.

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August 23, 2021

Become Highly Specialized

Choose the concentration that best fits your interests and career goals.

Advance Your Career Potential

Open new opportunities in salary and opportunity through this doctoral degree in counseling and psychological studies.

Prepare to Make a Lasting Difference

Join a respected network of Regent mental health practitioners leading in their field through the integration of science and faith.

Pursue Academic Excellence

Experience Regent, ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2020. Courses are taught from a Christian worldview by renowned faculty in Virginia Beach and beyond.

Apply for A $36,000 Trailblazer Scholarship

The School of Psychology & Counseling is offering a $36,000 Trailblazer Scholarship to new students in the Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies program. The scholarship will provide full tuition for the 3-year program – an amount valued at $36,000 – to three new students who begin the Ph.D. program in Fall 2021. It will be awarded to three applicants with a clear counseling ministries vision and implementation plan. Learn how to apply for the scholarship.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Upon completion of the Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies degree, you will be able to:

  • Gain a solid foundation in research methods and applied field experience.
  • Learn to anchor your work in scientific, historical and theological elements of counseling and psychology.
  • Collaborate with professional peers and experienced clinical leaders through the planning and presentation of your dissertation.

Career Opportunities

  • University Faculty/Leadership
  • Researcher/Writer
  • Mental Health Services Executive
  • Guidance Director
  • Nonprofit Administrator

14%
Projected employment growth for psychologists from 2018-28 (much faster than average) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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Surveys the range of research methods utilized in psychology sciences with a primary emphasis on quantitative research including both experimental and non-experimental designs. Emphasis will be on statistical concepts and reasoning.

Examination of qualitative research designs such as grounded theory, ethnographic, and phenomenological methodologies and the development of advanced level qualitative research skill. Includes the development of competencies in qualitative data collection, analysis and oral and written data presentation.

Presents the psychological and physiological aspects of addiction. Explores components of an addictive cycle, empirically supported treatment modalities, relapse prevention, and the approaches in facilitating family and community supports.

Introduction to key concepts, theories and methods in indigenous psychology, including seminal research and approaches to culture, psychology and science.

Develop an approach to a topic consistent with the scientific process and dissertation options available. Write chapter 1 (introduction and literature review) and chapter 2 (methodology) of the dissertation and defend proposal. Learn the grant writing process to sustain funding for services and research. Prerequisites: MHPS 616 and MHPS 618. Pass/No Pass.
Conduct research under the direction of a dissertation chair, analyze data, and write chapter 3 (results) of the dissertation. Students must submit three progressive submissions of their chapter 3. Final chapter must be approved to move to MHPS 702. Prerequisite: MHPS 700. Pass/No Pass.
Write chapter 4 (discussion of results) and develop a presentation for dissertation defense. Students must submit two progressive submissions of their chapter 4. Final dissertation document must receive approval for dissertation defense. Prerequisite: MHPS 701. Pass/No Pass.

Develop and conduct research under the direction of a dissertation committee. Content of the study can be an empirical study, case study or other suitable professional activity/product. Register for three consecutive terms or by petition.

Examines the relationship between research design and statistical methods, and the principles of probability theory in multivariate analysis, including multiple regression analysis, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance and multivariate analysis of variance. Emphasizes skill in the application of advanced statistical techniques to social science research, interpreting results of statistical analyses and data analyses and presentations. Cross-listed with CES 714.

Introduces psychometric testing, with particular emphasis on multicultural dimensions of the topic. Administer, score and evaluate the findings of tests. Primary emphasis on current versions commonly used assessments and applications across contexts.

Overview of the history and development of mental health professionals with an examination of the theoretical orientation and practical skills necessary to function effectively as a leader. Examine current topics pertinent to leadership within the field and biblically based leadership skills.

Covers emergency management and key concepts of disaster mental health. In depth understanding of cultural issues related to disaster and the application of Psychological First Aid.

Critique of the literature in mental health supervision with discussion and didactic emphasis on the role of the clinical supervisor in the dynamics of supervisory relationships. Examines current theories, research and topics related to supervisory leadership and cross-cultural applications.

The interface between Christian theology and psychology; the examination of historical and current issues affecting faith and profession, applications of spirituality within the discipline and reflection on professional identity formation and application as a culmination of the doctoral experience.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10

Prerequisites:

Ph.D. applicants must:

  • Hold a regionally accredited 30 hour master's degree in a mental health field, such as counseling, psychology, social work or pastoral counseling. Completed coursework should include, but is not limited, to the following: research or statistics, counseling skills, ethics and group counseling, or family systems.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in your graduate level coursework.
  • Have at least one year of experience in a mental health field (highly desirable).
  • International Applicants who have studied at institutions outside of the United States, will need to submit a course by course evaluation showing the completion of a regionally accredited graduate degree.

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 4: Resume or CV
Submit a resume or curriculum vitae. Please email to your admissions counselor at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 5: Unofficial Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 6: Graduate Academic Paper
Please submit an APA formatted academic writing sample from your completed Master's Degree which will be relevant to the field of Mental Health. Your submission needs to be at least five pages in length (preferably research based) and with at least five scholarly references. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 7: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 8: Online Interview
Interviews for this Ph.D. program are completed for each applicant after all above mentioned items have been submitted. Participation in this online Skype or phone interview is mandatory as a portion of the application review process. It is expected that the candidate will be willing to discuss personal history within the interview process.

Both local and international student applicants should allow at least 2-3 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.


All forms related to application to the Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies program may be requested through the School of Psychology & Counseling Admissions Office. Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or psycounadmissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“People, especially kids, need more than clichés. My training at Regent gave me a meaningful way to express my empathy - which is passion and compassion combined - and they could feel the authenticity of it.”

Cedric Rucker, M.A. in Counseling, 2008 Community Counseling

“Regent was a pivotal point in my professional career. I have been forever changed by my experience!”

Richard Mason, Ph.D. , 2007 Counselor Education & Supervision

“Learn all that you can while you're a student at Regent. Take everything the professors say and learn from their wisdom and expertise, because soon you will be the leader in your field.”

Kelly James, Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, 2011 Licensed Professional Counselor, Professor, Author & Radio Host

“As a Navy chaplain, I appreciated how Regent's master’s program integrated the best of science with faith and how it was designed with the flexibility I needed.”

Rob Hess, M.S. in Psychology, 2019 Chaplain, U.S. Navy

“I am extremely grateful for the excellent education that Regent provides through the School of Psychology & Counseling.”

Trina Young Greer, Psy.D. in Counseling, 2000 Owner & Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center